Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,107
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,219
Gots: 178 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.
Draft & 22oz bottles.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002)
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Photo of ChrisPro
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at South Bay Drugs.

Pours hazy yellow. Great bubbly white head.

Aroma was a bit off with hints of garlic and onion along with some lemon and grapefruit. Dry grassy notes as it warmed

Flavor was a decent balance of sweetness with hops, but nothing exceptional. I may have been tainted since I was blown away by Duet, but this didn't have anything special.

Mouthfeel was medium body, good carb, and nothing wrong with how it went down.

Overall, this is a very drinkable DIPA and I would easily buy this again if I had access, but Duet worked better for me.

Photo of BillHilly
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice two head pour, beautiful gold & rustic appearance, head held up well for an IPA.

S: Big pine resins

T: Very sweet front, piney, clean finish

M: Perfect viscosity, excellent carbonation.

D: High end DIPA, definitely in the class with the big boys...highly recommended if you are a hop head.

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Houser
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of fox227
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep, elegant gold into my Delirium tulip glass, leaving about half an inch of foam which quickly resigned to a ring around the glass. Smells of pine and citrus, some bready malts, but I honestly felt that the taste is more explicit than the aroma. Taste smacks of resinous pine and pleasingly bitter citrus rind - a true to form west coast IPA, but is nicely balanced by a bready malt which finishes dry and punishes, in a good way, the palate with a wave of bitterness letting you experience pure hoppiness in its full glory.

Overall, this is worth the hunt. So far from the IPA tastings from Alpine I have noticed that their beers tend to run on the 'classy' side rather than being too in your face and aggressive. The assertive hop character is just perfect for the style, and not overwhelming or distracting from actual flavor. Highly recommended.

Photo of DNICE555
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of lonewolfcry
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jarrgal
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Goliath
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a luscious off white head. Decent retention and some nice lacing.

Nice hoppy aroma. A very nice pine and citrus pairing with a pale malt background.

Taste is quite nice. A nice hoppiness with piney notes. A little grassy with a nice bittering bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is high. Very nice taste and alcohol is moderate making this beer very easy to consume.

Photo of marine1975
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mithrascruor
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

I've had this so many times on tap, so I'm surprised I've never reviewed it...

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear copper color with visible carbonation and a really nice thick off-white head.

Smell: Hop florals and spice - a fair amount of sweetness in there, like tropical fruits.

Taste: Malty, fruit undertones with lots of bitterness, and some spiciness, coming in. Bitter aftertaste too, but again with some tropical fruit beneath. There's a bit of rye in the bitterness, that I haven't noticed on-tap before.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty with a strong ABV, but it doesn't affect the taste.

Definitely for those who like a bit more bitterness in their IPA than usual. I think I like this one a bit better on tap, but still a really nice IPA!

Photo of dagubna
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Stum-pub
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Wolberjs
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Anonymous1
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of chcfan
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of 1424IpA
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass this brew pours a nice golden hue with a white capped head. The head may not be bold and big, but boy is it leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma, for lack of better terms, is Pure Hoppiness. Fresh hops, dry hops, bitter hops, citrus hops, piny hops. All in one glass.

T: Despite all the hops, this brew maintains a certain balance that is impressing. Sweet maulty flavor mix with a nice hop citrus biterness.

MF: Mouthfeel gets a 5 for 3 reasons, the body is full, the carbonation is creamy adding to a nice body, and the finish leaves very little pallet wrecking bitterness that many IPAs of this kind leave. As a matter of fact, the aftertaste is pleasant.

Overall, I'm glad I was able to visit Alpine on my California business trip. Keep it up guys, I'm very impressed at what you're doing with beer!

Photo of Dirtinabottle
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Hophead717
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Beautiful golden brown, with a thin head that dissipates down to whiffs of foam fairly quickly. Some lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: Light citrusy hops with notes of lime forward as well. I've never picked out lime so strongly in an IPA. Some light graininess lies in the back, but the hops shine through.

T: Nice hoppiness upfront, with a solid grainy body. Unfortunately, I sat on this baby a bit too long, because I'm getting less robust hops than other reviews made me expect. Nice nonetheless.

B: Perfect medium body with nice carbonation.

O: Lovely DIPA. I definitely want to try a fresh bottle in the future.

Photo of pperez38
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Pecan
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of patm1986
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of csustar001
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Williaar
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,107 ratings.